Apeiba tibourbou is a small tree that grows from 10 to 20 feet tall and is native to South America and Central America. It needs full sun to partial shade and regular watering for optimum growth. The tree sports yellow to orange flowers that are heavily scented and attract both butterflies and hummingbirds.
Apeiba tibourbou can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11. In the northern reaches of its growing range, planting in a pot and moving it indoors during the winter months is recommended. When grown in a pot, choose a container with drainage holes as well as a mix of soil designed for potting. Place the pot in a sunny location and keep the soil evenly moist. When the plant is indoors, a humidifier or nearby water tray can help increase humidity levels. In addition, fertilize it a few times a year with plant food.
Apeiba tibourbou is an attractive and easy to care for tree that adds interest and beauty to any garden or landscape. Its fragrant flowers, spiny fruits and light wood makes it a unique addition that beautifully frames views, provides light shade and attracts wildlife.